The trend for walk-in injectable clinics is spreading across the US. Originating in California, the design of these clinics is based on a bar, with a shot menu and a ‘happy hour’. Bar stools accompany the reception desk and patients can book ‘Botox parties’ in either their clinic or their home.
The concept originated in California, where dermatologist Dr Vicki Rappaport launched the SKN bar, and has now spread to Tucson, where Skinjectables Anti-ageing bar hopes to become a household name.
UK-based practitioner, Sharon Bennett, said, “This idea trivialises a prescribed medical procedure. It implies to the public that there is no risk. It is unlikely that a complete medical consultation and a proper examination of the patient would be carried out in a party atmosphere and latent problems are likely to be picked up by the practitioner.”
She said, “When people think of coffee, they think of Starbucks. We want people in Tucson to think of Skinjectables when they think of Botox or fillers.”
Dr Sarah Tonks, another UK-based practitioner, said, “My problem in this situation would be that you may not have time to build a relationship or work out what would be most beneficial treatment for the patient may be.”
In Palm Beach, Florida a salon called Blowtox is a blow-dry bar that now offers Botox and fillers like Juvederm and Voluma from a board-certified physician assistant at the same time. “The concept of Blowtox is to address your complete beauty desires in a one-stop shop,” says co-owner Lesley Keenan. “We want customers to leave feeling beautiful from the inside out.”